Data Market-Place: An Introduction to Intrinio

If you are a fintech developer or financial analyst looking for affordable, accessible financial data, you are in the right spot. Intrinio is 100% focused on changing the way financial data is sold. Instead of pushy sales people, expensive fees, and limited access, we have a data market-place designed so you can save money and make time to build something meaningful.

We threw out the mold of traditional providers and in doing so, built a platform that can take some getting used to. If you are "used to" paying $2,000/mo for a single terminal or getting quoted $20,000/mo for real time stock prices, our platform is well worth learning. This article is designed to provide an orientation to make the learning process easier and includes links to helpful resources as well as explanations of some frequently asked questions.

What is this place?

Intrinio is a data market-place, selling different types of financial data as well as apps built with that data. Intrinio pulls data from multiple sources, including the SEC, FRED, FDIC, and 3rd party data vendors, into it's database.

That database is then segmented into numerous "data feeds" that represent a single category of data, like real time stock prices or macro-economic data. Users can subscribe to each data feed separately depending on the data they need. Unlike other providers, who bundle all of the data together, Intrinio only charges users for the data feeds they need.

Even though there are many data feeds, Intrinio only has a single API, meaning that developers only need to learn the API once. Many other data providers have separate APIs for each data source, making development a lot more complicated.

When developers build applications using Intrinio's data, we add them to the data market-place:

data market including financial data and apps built with that data

Search the marketplace for data or apps

If you are a developer, you can access data feeds to build apps via RESTful API. If you are a financial analyst, you can use the apps developers have built to access the data, including Excel and 3rd party apps as well.

It's important to remember that, for both applications and the API, you can only access data from the data feeds you are subscribed to. When you create an Intrinio account, you are automatically subscribed to three data feeds that have free plans:

Free plans in the data market-place

Free Data Feeds

If you click on any data feed in the marketplace, you will see something like this:

Data market product page

Data feed page in the marketplace

The red arrows point out key features, such as the plans that are available, the limits of those plans, and the documentation for the data feed. Once you have clicked "Subscribe" and signed up for the plan, you will see the plan in your account page and will be able to access that portion of the database.

If you are unfamiliar with API keys and how to use them in Excel, this article shows you how to get started. If you want to get started with the API, this is a good guide and includes SDKs with sample code in numerous languages.

How do I use the different feeds?

If you visit our help page, you will see links to dozens of different pages. Intrinio has more than 50 different data feeds and we keep links to tutorials and examples for each data type on our help page.

You will see a section for "Getting Started" that includes guides for economic data, stock prices, analyst estimates, historical data, and more. Each guide includes examples in Excel and API format.

You will also see links to our documentation. The documentation is the authoritative source for Intrinio matters and it is a good idea to learn how to search it. We have found, however, that only seasoned developers do so. Newbie developers, and most Excel users, aren't used to reading documentation, which is why we include so many step-by-step guides on the help page.

The help page also includes a "Coverage Reference" section with links to different types of financial data objects (stocks, stock exchanges, economic indices, etc). Intrinio provides financial data in many categories and these look up pages will allow you to find the identifier for the data you need. For example, AAPL represents Apple Stock, BHEL:IS represents Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited on the Indian NSE exchange, $PAYEMS represents non-farm payrolls, and ^XLON represents the London stock exchange.

Once you have identified the stock, exchange, index, or other financial object you want data for, the "Data Tag Reference" section has links to the different data points available for each data feed.

Data Market-Place Feeds

Intrinio is adding data feeds to the data market-place every month. Currently, there are more than 30 data feeds in the "prices" category alone. It's natural that users would have some confusion about the different data feeds and what is included.

Our most popular feed is the US Public Company Financials data feed:

US Public Company Financials Data Feed in the data market-place

Intrinio's most popular feed seen in the marketplace

This feed includes a free plan and gives access to historical fundamentals (balance sheet, income statement, cash flows) going back to 2008, valuation metrics, ratios, and real time prices.

The real time prices aspect of the feed causes some confusion. In excel or via the rest API, you can use the tag last_price to call the realtime stock price of a security. The price, however, won't update until you pull it in again. If you need the price to update continuously, try the IEX Real-Time Stock Prices websocket:

Data market real time stock prices

IEX Real-Time Prices seen in the marketplace

This article explains the difference between the IEX websocket, which pushes streaming real time prices, and the Fundamentals RESTful API, which allows users to pull real time prices.

Intrinio offers many data feeds providing different types of analyst estimates from Zacks:

data market place including analyst estimates

One example of an analyst estimates feed in the marketplace

These feeds are broken out by estimates of sales and estimates of earnings as well as by historical and current estimates. Analyst ratings and price targets are also available. This article gives a good overview of the estimates data and how to access it.

28 different Exchange Data International Feeds can be found in the marketplace:

Data market-place EOD price feeds

A few of the EOD stock price feeds available in the data market

This article reviews the international EOD feeds that are available and explains how to access them.

Wait, what?

We know Intrinio's data market-place can be overwhelming. Even understanding how to subscribe to the data feeds you want can be confusing, let alone learning Excel and API syntax and figuring out which data tags to use. The challenges of learning this new platform are partly due to the nature of Intrinio: We are building something new, something different, something affordable and accessible. This means fintech developers and financial analysts might not be familiar with what they see.

We take responsibility for teaching our users how to use our platform and it's one of the reasons we provide free chat support with all plans. It's also the reason we will continue to write "how to" guides and will strive to make our platform easier and easier to use. Along with the challenges of Intrinio's data market-place come a lot of benefits as well- a developer friendly API, free data plans, and redistribution rights even startups can afford.

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